Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs.

Minneapolis faces $111 million in legal payments

By: - November 16, 2021

The city of Minneapolis faces 2020 legal claims that could cost the city more than $111 million, most of them stemming back to a flurry of lawsuits dating to the weeks after George Floyd’s killing, when protests and riots rocked the metro, by everyone from Floyd’s family to protesters and journalists injured by police.

Redistricting draft would have moved two City Council members outside of their wards

By: - November 12, 2021

The first redistricting draft produced by the Minneapolis Charter Commission would move two just-elected MinneapolisCity Council members outside of the wards they were elected to last week.

Does Minneapolis need another police advisory board?

By: - November 10, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey plans to unveil new boards made up of community leaders and experts to provide recommendations on policing and public safety, but some question the need when several have already been set up, only to fade away or be ignored. 

With cops down and shootings up, Minneapolis residents frustrated by police inaction

By: - November 9, 2021

When two men started firing guns outside his north Minneapolis house one afternoon, Mike Rhodes dropped to the floor and called the cops. The shooters were gone by the time the police arrived, but Rhodes saw them back in his yard hours later. But when Rhodes called 911 to alert them, he said the cops […]

30 homeless women evacuated from encampment to hotels

By: - November 4, 2021

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center was awarded a $400,000 contract to house 30 homeless, single, Native women who were moved out of two encampments near Cedar and Franklin avenues in early October.

Minneapolis breaks turnout record for off-year city election

By: - November 3, 2021

Minneapolis voters posted a record turnout for an off-year municipal election on Tuesday, with 54% of registered voters casting their vote in the historic election that will reshape the city’s governmental structure.

Minneapolis public safety question fails in defeat for progressives

By: - November 2, 2021

In the first city election after the police murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters soundly rejected a sweeping plan to dismantle the police department and replace it with a department of public safety.

Minneapolis voters turn out in record numbers for historic election

By: and - November 2, 2021

The first city election since the police murder of George Floyd drew Minneapolis residents to the polls in droves, with a historic number of early voters casting ballots for a municipal election. 

Minnesota goes to the polls

By: - November 1, 2021

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday in one of the most intense off-year elections in recent memory. Even as Minneapolis voters determine the future of the city’s police department, dozens of smaller cities are home to school board and other elections animated by the nationwide debate over the teaching of America’s racial history. 

St. Paul man sues MPD after being acquitted of attempting to murder SWAT team

By: - November 1, 2021

A St. Paul man who was acquitted of attempted murder and assault after shooting at a Minneapolis SWAT team — after it fired rubber bullets at him without warning from an unmarked van — has sued the city of Minneapolis and multiple police officers from sergeants to a commander.

Seven Minneapolis mayoral candidates would consider giving parkland back to Indigenous people

By: - November 1, 2021

Seven candidates for Minneapolis mayor said they’d consider giving land back to Indigenous people, including Mayor Jacob Frey.

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While some city workers are warned against politics, police chief steps to the podium

By: - October 28, 2021

City employees have been warned, chastised and the subject of ethics complaints for expressing political opinions. Minneapolis City Council members have been warned by the ethics officer, about publicly promoting or laying the groundwork for a new public safety department, meanwhile, members of the Charter Commission have been outspoken about their positions on the charter amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. And now, the council president has filed an ethics complaint against the police chief.